Clarence D. Chamberlin
Aviation Pioneer From Iowa
My Famous Iowan
Clarence Duncan Chamberlin was born on November 11, 1893, in the small town of Denison, Iowa. He owned a very successful Harley-Davison dealership in town. He served as an aviation pilot during world war 1 and was 2nd lieutenant. He was the second person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean nonstop. He died on October 30, 1976 in Derby Connecticut.
Early And Early Middle Years
Clarence's parents where Elzie Clarence and Jessie Duncan Chamberlin.
After completing his education in the Denison public schools system, he enrolled at the Denison Normal and Business college. After graduating, he ended up , he was offered a job by Charles W. Taylor to serve as a chauffer on a six month trip through the southwest and to San Francisco for the worlds fair.
It was during these six months that he would discover two of his lifetime loves. He met Wilda Bogert who would later become his wife; he also discovered a passion for flying.
World War 1
After The War
Clarence married Wilda Bogert but then divorced in 1936. Later that year he married Louise Ashby, a young teacher he had met during a barnstorming trip up to Maine. He adopted her son Philip and later the family welcomed two new additions with the births of their two daughters Clarisse and Kathy.